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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Above \A*bove"\, prep. [OE. above, aboven, abuffe, AS. abufon;
   an (or on) on + be by + ufan upward; cf. Goth. uf under.
   [root]199. See Over.]
   1. In or to a higher place; higher than; on or over the upper
      surface; over; -- opposed to below or beneath.
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            Fowl that may fly above the earth.    --Gen. i. 20.
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   2. Figuratively, higher than; superior to in any respect;
      surpassing; beyond; higher in measure or degree than; as,
      things above comprehension; above mean actions; conduct
      above reproach. "Thy worth . . . is actions above my
      gifts." --Marlowe.
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            I saw in the way a light from heaven above the
            brightness of the sun.                --Acts xxxvi.
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   3. Surpassing in number or quantity; more than; as, above a
      hundred. (Passing into the adverbial sense. See Above,
      adv., 4.)
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   above all, before every other consideration; chiefly; in
      preference to other things.
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   Over and above, prep. or adv., besides; in addition to.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Above \A*bove"\, adv.
   1. In a higher place; overhead; into or from heaven; as, the
      clouds above.
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   2. Earlier in order; higher in the same page; hence, in a
      foregoing page. "That was said above." --Dryden.
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   3. Higher in rank or power; as, he appealed to the court
      above.
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   4. More than; as, above five hundred were present.
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   Note: Above is often used elliptically as an adjective by
         omitting the word mentioned, quoted, or the like; as,
         the above observations, the above reference, the above
         articles. -- Above is also used substantively. "The
         waters that come down from above." --Josh. iii. 13.
         [1913 Webster] It is also used as the first part of a
         compound in the sense of before, previously; as,
         above-cited, above-described, above-mentioned,
         above-named, abovesaid, abovespecified, above-written,
         above-given.
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